As we move into the summer months, there has never been a better time to take full advantage of your garden. But with allergies a significant worry for many, money.co.uk has put together a guide to help hay fever sufferers plan a low-allergen garden so they can enjoy the warm weather too.
In an effort to make the best of a warm April and May, almost half of the UK (49.3%) have taken to gardening during the coronavirus lockdown.
While this is a great hobby for many, for the 13 million hay fever sufferers in the UK the spring and summer months can prove a challenge.
With the importance of fresh air to mental health and wellbeing clear, money.co.uk has worked with gardening expert Jackie Herald to put together some tips and tricks to help hay fever sufferers enjoy a beautiful garden this summer.
Plant diversity is important for any garden, however it's crucial to choose the right flower to avoid hay fever triggers.
Money.co.uk has rounded up a top 10 list of plants to avoid, with alternatives that still allow you to create a varied, colourful garden.
Hay fever tends to flair up in the warmer months, but there are multiple strands of pollen allergies which are proven to affect people throughout the year.
Make notes of the symptoms and timing of your allergy flare ups. The more specific you can be about the environment that sets you off, the better.
By using our pollen calendar, you can identify what type of pollen you may be allergic to and understand more about what triggers your hay fever.
While the majority of people spend just the summer months gardening, maintaining flower growth year-round can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. So don’t be tempted to fill your flowerbeds with what’s blooming right now, instead plan ahead for a beautiful garden in every season.
Some symptoms of coronavirus cross over with allergies, so the two can easily be confused for one another.
If you are worried you might have COVID-19 symptoms, visit the NHS website.
If you are not sure if your symptoms are related to COVID-19 or allergies, you can use this allergen clinical fact sheet* to identify any potential symptom crossovers you may experience.
Venturing outdoors to exercise and enjoy nature can require a lot of planning for allergy sufferers.
Helpful practices include, as with gardening, trying to ensure your time outside is taken around midday. This will help minimise the chances of pollen triggering hay fever symptoms.
Additionally, equipping yourself with 'pollen shields' can make a difference, such as wearing a hat and glasses. It can also be important to keep your outdoor clothes separate from indoor ones to avoid cross-contamination.
If your garden is already your pride and joy, it is important to have the right financial protection in place in case something goes wrong. Before taking out home insurance, be sure to check your garden is covered in your contents insurance. This can protect everything from tools in your garden shed, to outdoor furniture.
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